Live Music & Entertainment Venues in the Iowa City Area

Live Music & Entertainment Venues in the Iowa City Area

Iowa City is a lively little town. Forget the rural image – If you’re relocating to Iowa City you’ll be surprised at just how much Iowa City has got going for it.Burlington Blue Grass Band - Friday Night Concert Series, downtown Iowa City Most everyone who relocates to the Iowa City area, ( including me) is surprised at how much is going on here. There are lots of things to do in Iowa City. In my last post I wrote about  Movie Theaters and Community Theaters. In this one I’m concentrating more on live music and entertainment venues. This isn’t an all inclusive list of course. If you have any to add let us know in the comments and I’ll update the post.

Live Music & Entertainment Venues in the Iowa City Area

The Mill is consistently voted best live entertainment venue in the area by readers of the Press Citizen. They had their 50th Anniversary in December 2012 too, so they must be doing something right!  There’s fun stuff going on at the Mill almost every day of the year. And good food too! You will find them @120 E Burlington St – Tel: 319-351-9529

The Yacht Club is another venue for good music @ 13 S Linn St. – Tel: 319-337-6464

Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon, as the name suggests, this venue is for country music lovers. Unlike the others on this list they’re not downtown. They’re located off the Herbert Hoover Highway @ 4919 Walleye Dr SE. Tel: 319-338-2211


Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
 is obviously also not downtown. They’re @ 3184 Highway 22,  Riverside. Now if you really want to live it up, then the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort has a variety of options for you. It’s so much more than just a casino! They have plenty of live entertainment, karaoke and buffets that people drive for miles for…

Iowa City Summer of the Arts An obvious choice to make this list, even though this is obviously seasonal.  In 2005 several organizations with a tradition of providing free family friendly fun events got together under the umbrella organization Iowa City Summer of the Arts. They include the Iowa Arts Festival, the Friday Night Concert Series, the Toyota-Scion Jazz Festival and the MidWest One Movie Series. The great thing about this series of course is that it’s FREE. It runs all summer long and although you won’t find any info yet on this year’s events it’s worth checking out the website and bookmarking it – Summer will be here sooner than you think!

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